Italian renaissance paintings are the greatest treasure of the Louvre Museum in Paris. They fully ocupy the huge and beautiful Galerie au bord de l'eau and adjacent rooms. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the spectacular Wedding in Cana by Veronese are two of the most famous Italian treasures of the museum. Detailed information on Louvre Museum.
The collection of Italian renaissance paintings of the Louvre Museum is one of its glories. Many famous paintings have been acquired over centuries as the result of the passion of the Kings and Queens of France for Italian Renaissance art.
The acquisitions and bequests have added over the years many masterpieces to the already world class collection.
Leonardo da Vinci, with Mona Lisa, Raphael, Titian and Veronese with Wedding in Cana above are among the best represented Italian painters in the Louvre Museum. Locate the Italian painting department on Louvre Museum map PDF. The Louvre is large. We recommend a guided visit.
This fresco is from the Villa Lemmi, a property near Florence that belonged to the Tornabuoni family, allies of the Medici. This work may have been commissioned from Botticelli to mark the marriage of a member of this influential Florentine dynasty. Escorted by the three graces, Venus is shown placing a gift in the cloth container held out to her by the bride-to-be.
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The Battle of San Romano is one of the most famous Italian Renaissance paintings. Paolo Uccello (1397-1475) was born Paolo di Dono and nicknamed Uccello (Italian for "bird") because he frequently sketched them. He is one of the great masters of the Italian Renaissance. His Battle of San Romano was painted on three panels now located in three different art museums, the National Gallery of London, Uffizi in Florence, and the Louvre. Together, they depict the legendary battle of 1432 between Florence and Siena. The three panels were listed in 1492 inventory of the Medici Palace in Florence.
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) was undisputedly one of the great masters of the Venetian Italian Renaissance in the 16th century. He studied under two other great masters: Bellini and Giorgione, and built on the skills he learned to become the most influential painter to come out of the Venetian school. Titian became the official painter of the Venetian Republic in 1516. The subject of this Italian Renaissance masterpiece is the following: Pontius Pilate has granted Joseph of Arimathea permission to take Christ's body down from the cross for burial. He is aided by Saint John, who is holding Christ's hand, and by Nicodemus, with his back to us. He is enveloping the body in a white shroud before it is taken to the tomb. The Virgin Mary is present, supported by Mary Magdalene in her grief. This moving painting was originally in the ducal palace in Mantua. It may have been painted around 1520 for Isabella d'Este or her son Federico II Gonzaga.
The 1535 painting a Woman caught in adultery by Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1557) illustrates the moving gospel by John.
«The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; they said to Jesus, 'Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and in the Law, Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind. What have you got to say?' Jesus said 'Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her.'" A woman caught in adultery by Lorenzo Lotto.